Kitchen Witches! Frequently Asked Questions!
There actually are no Frequently Asked Questions, because we’re new and there isn’t anyone around to ASK the questions! Instead, we’re going to make up questions we think should be on a FAQ! Let us know if you have more questions for us, and we can add to the list!
- Who are we?
We are a couple of ladies who are very good friends who get into all kinds of crazy trouble. It’s hard to say who started getting us into trouble, but after 20 years we’re still at it. We both have a passion for food, but come at it in very different ways.
Julie Barnson is a professional Storyteller, a Mom, a Teacher, an incurable Geek, and an all around insane person. She loves to try new recipes and foods, and will suddenly out of the blue say things like- “I want to learn how to make__________” Then does it. She has a passion for holidays and celebrating. (Among friends it’s said that Julie does Halloween the way most people do Christmas and she does Christmas like no one else we know). While she will take a recipe and make it her own, her favorite thing to do is to try new recipes and review them. She writes The Great Cookie Experiment- where she takes one cookie recipe a week and makes her friends eat it, then reviews it here online. She’s a member of the Utah Storytelling Guild, and has a storytelling website at www.talesbyjulie.com. She actually does own a witch’s costume and wears it often to tell stories at Halloween.
Jana Brown is a Writer, a Mom, a Step-Mom, a Public Relations Maven, Geekette and nutbar. She grew up farming and started cooking when she was about three years old. She knows a little something about just about everything, particularly when it comes to food stuff and has been teaching classes and food demonstrations for the last twenty-five years. She caters for weddings, reunions and various other events, though with a brand new baby that’s slowed down for the time being.
- Are we actually witches?
Nope. Not a “Blessed Be” among us. The only magic we work is in the kitchen!
- Why “Kitchen Witches”?
This is Julie’s fault. She grew up in a small town with a heavy Scandinavian heritage. Her mother had a kitchen witch doll in her kitchen when she was growing up, and when she got married, she got a kitchen witch as a wedding present. It hangs in her kitchen and makes people think she decorates for Halloween all year round. In reality, kitchen witches are a Scandinavian tradition. Having a kitchen witch doll in your kitchen is good luck, and keeps your food from burning, your pots from boiling over, and makes sure that all of your food comes out great! How perfect is that?
- What can you expect to see here?
Mostly we’ll be talking recipes, sharing our favorites and what worked and failed in our own kitchens. Yes, we’re willing to admit that not everything works and to share when it doesn’t. Though there will be the occasion for crafty bits, homemade cleaners, event planning, menu planning and whatever other really cool stuff comes our way that we’d like to share. If there’s something you’d like to see us try let us know and…within reason…we’ll give it a shot and scribble about it.
So stay tuned… Let’s get this party started.